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Let's Discuss: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

NOTICE: This is NOW a TUESDAY meeting!

15% off at Bookshop Santa Cruz--mention Ravenous Readers at the register, or take the book off the book club wall. (It has a little tag in it for the cashier.)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • LONGLISTED FOR THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL • WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
• NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Wall Street Journal • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Financial Times • Newsweek/The Daily Beast• The Plain Dealer • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • Slate • Salon • BookPage • Shelf Awareness

“The single best work of fiction published in 2012 . . . The book’s cunning, flair and pathos are testaments to the still-formidable power of the written word.”—The Wall Street Journal

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”

In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

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  • Meredith

    That interview was illuminating. Thanks, Bonnie.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lively, indeed. I was noodling around just now and came across another interview with the author which answered a few of our questions (how he visited North Korea ...).

    The link's here: http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/01/24/adam-johnson-on-%E2%80%98the-orphan-master%E2%80%99s-son%E2%80%99/

    August 6, 2013

  • Meredith

    Lively discussion!

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    DRAT! I'm stuck at the office tonight:( It's a fabulous book!

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have out of town company

    July 31, 2013

  • Daryl Abeille S.

    Hope to see all of you after such a long time.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! This will by my first-ever book club meeting and I couldn't be more excited. I've been dying to read this book and I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

    June 25, 2013

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